UN Gender Year in Review 2015

UN marks 15 years since landmark resolution on women, peace and security

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Despite progressive laws, gender-based violence ‘pervasive’ in South Africa, UN expert warns

Warning that deeply entrenched patriarchal attitudes make violence against women “an almost acceptable phenomenon” in South Africa, a United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government to strengthen its fight against gender-based violence through awareness and education at all levels of society.

UN Gender Focus: climate change, gender equality and rights of LGBT

Women impacted "disproportionately" by climate change

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Afghan women want peace “but not at any cost”

Women in Afghanistan want peace “but not at any cost” according to a UN human rights and gender expert in the country.

The central Asian nation continues to recover from decades of instability.

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Nneka and MzVee use music to call for women’s rights

Nigerian singer Nneka, and MzVee from Ghana are shining a light on women’s rights through their music.

They stopped by the World Bank Headquarters in Washington to participate in the series #Music4Dev.

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UN Gender Focus: sexual violence against women and bringing hope to Afghan women

Culture of “denial and silence” around sexual violence must be broken

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Valuing women’s work key to achieving new global goal on gender equality – UN labour agency

Applauding the decision by Member States to include gender equality as a key plank of the newly-adopted 2030 Agenda, a senior United Nations labour agency official has stressed the importance of empowering women in employment, salaries and the working environment, and urged governments to commit to this achievable, basic right.

Women worldwide live longer, healthier lives with better education, says new UN report

The lives of women and girls around the world have improved in several areas over the last 20 years but they continue to be victims of gender based discrimination and violence, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations.

Security Council renews commitment to landmark resolution on women, peace and security

Marking the 15th anniversary the adoption of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution 1325, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared his commitment to the inclusion of women in peace-building processes, while the Council adopted a new text by which it decided to integrate women, peace and security concerns across all country-specific situations on its agenda, within relevant contexts.

Peace endures when women can participate meaningfully in peace talks, says new UN report

A new report on women, peace and security, launched today to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the landmark United Nations Security Council resolution on the issue, highlights the important gains to be made by the greater empowerment of women in peacebuilding efforts.